Sunday 27 May 2018

SF must give any information on Oliver murder to gardaí - Creed

Minister Michael Creed. Photo: Arthur Carron
Minister Michael Creed. Photo: Arthur Carron

Ken Whelan

Agriculture Minister Michael Creed has said that any information that Sinn Féin has on the killing of Louth farmer Tom Oliver must be forwarded to the appropriate authorities.

Asked his views on Gerry Adams's remarks about allowing the killers of Mr Oliver to go unpunished, Mr Creed said the Sinn Féin leader needed to ensure that any information was outlined to the authorities.

"Whatever information he has should be forwarded to the authorities," said Mr Creed. "It is what the Oliver family deserve."

He continued: "He (Adams) has to realise that the DPP, gardaí and judiciary here are independent. The killers of Tom Oliver should be prosecuted."

Mr Oliver, a sheep farmer, was abducted, tortured and brutally murdered by the IRA on July 19, 1991.

Mr Adams recently told LMFM radio that Mr Oliver's death was "politically motivated" and suggested that his killers should go unpunished.

Mr Creed's Cabinet colleague, Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan, was also strongly critical of Mr Adams's remarks.

"The brutal murder of Tom Oliver was one of the most senseless acts of bloody murder, whereby a wife and children were robbed of their husband and father," said Mr Flanagan.

Irish Independent

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